Living in the east side sushi desert, I've been eating sushi at Sachiko for over 15 years. While the restaurant (which is excellent) may be "new" to the author, it is not new to me. It's not a new restaurant by any definition.
Describing it as "new" multiple times, the author shows her ignorance.
Brandon, don't you think you're being a little rough on ......
dive bars? :-)
I'm disappointed that you are so dismissive of the hard work that goes into producing even simple sushi dishes. Further, I've been to Sachiko on many occasions, and have never had a problem with a single one of their servers. They're unfailingly friendly and attentive.
On another note, I find it deplorable that you refer to finding "a new sidepiece" instead of "another restaurant to frequent". Really? Did it cross your mind that "sidepiece" is a truncated version of "side piece of a**" -- a specific way to objectify and dehumanize a person with whom you have sex on occasion? (Google it. The normal language surrounding this term is egregious.) Please keep misogynistic sexual terms out of your restaurant reviews.
The ramen at Sachiko is completely forgettable. Not that there's great ramen in Tucson (Obon is OK) but Sachiko's is not even close. The sushi, however, is terrific.
I agree with Saundie! Heather, you are truly an awful writer. And this: "I like the way you can catch chef Naguro Nakajima rolling his eyes ever so subtly at newbies when they grace his bar with silly (yes, there are some) questions." You must surely have popped out of your mother's womb fully versed in the ways of sushi, since you would never, ever ask a "newbie" question! Presumably, Chef Nakajima is a professional and polite to his customers even if he's heard the same questions a thousand times. You just come off as arrogant and snotty.
Thanks for the great info.
The majority of the content of a "sushi" article isn't about the sushi. Of 12 paragraphs, one covered sushi. This drivel is the equivalent of reviewing a burger establishment and focusing on french fries, ketchup and milkshakes. Half the article is unrelated opinion and nonsensical ramblings.
An embarrassment to journalism.
Plus, the photography is reminiscent of a middle school student taking instagram photos with their cell phone.
Also it's Poke, not Poki.
Whoever was the editor in charge of approving the publication of this article should be drug tested.
End. Of. Story. #amateurhour
After having read this, I'm going to definitely have to agree with my former boss, Brandon Katz.
Do they still have a presence on Valencia Road? That joint used to rock a lunch time.
Food truck section needs some editing, particularly in the set up addresses.
Well my prediction that Nik Windbag lasting a year were off by only mere weeks. Fired,insubordinate by his 'peers' and partners. Hopefully he will leave town now.AMF A-Hole, Tucson has a great groove going on with,well WE all know. Glad your not part of it.......................
More of this, please.
What about North 4th Avenue between University and the Underpass? Any plans for a similar development?
When I heard the owner of the Hub and the playground was taking over saguaro corners I was thrilled. The first few times we went we noticed the changes happening slowly. Which is ok I guess to like the article said ease regulars into the change. However I agree with above commenters. This place is dumpy. I expected more from someone who has had such awesome interiors as the two other restaurants. Service is definitely hit or miss, which is never ever the case at the other two restaurants, and was super bummed when the promised creme brûlée donut never made its appearance (maybe it has now? We haven't been back in a few months). Honestly with kids, I can't depend on hit or miss service. By an hour in we should be asking for a check not waiting for food. Hoping that this doesn't fall of deaf ears as we eastsiders definitely WANT, no desperately NEED something like the hub or the playground close to home!
I had never heard of this place, so I just checked out the website. It doesn't help their case. The menus are black text on a gray background, rendering them nearly impossible to read, and the main dishes are not listed on the site. If the owners read this, I hope they take it as constructive criticism.
I love this place. Kade has done stellar compared to what this place used to be. The bartenders and wait staff over the past year are pleasant and willing to talk with everyone. It can be a little pricey, but the food is head n shoulders above anything else on this side of town and worth it. We've tried the Kadertots, salads, bbq sandwich, burgers, and most of the beers and always leave happy. The bbq sandwich with the Carolina style mustard sauce is good...I'm a N.C. native so it felt like home to me.
Glad they are doing well and hope it continues for us east side folks.
I agree with jmeC, especially about the quality surrounds. That place is a dump on the inside. The inside smells old and is so very outdated and the furniture outside is uncomfortable. Nevertheless, my husband and I do go there relatively frequently but only when we can sit outside (and not at a picnic table). The service and food has been spotty. Sometimes it's really good, sometimes it's not so good. Sloooow service and limp, greasy fries the last time we were there :-(. On a positive note, I do love the beer and the poke tacos and I love the live music (especially the 2 Lazy 2 Ranch Band!). I hope they can fix all of these issues because we need good places on the east side and I would go here a lot more if it were better!
I like it there, as well. But, only once in a while - mostly for a drink. The Quinoa Kale salad is delicious.
The prices are a dollar or two over what they should be. They use cheese sauce instead of real cheese, which has a bland flavor. The service is hit or miss and the furniture is old and/or cheap both inside and outside. (Sometimes I wonder if food/drink places that open on the East side think that we don't need or want quality surroundings. Then they wonder why they aren't making money and eventually close.)
Lastly, there are very few vegetarian options. The calabacitas are supposed to be vegetarian, but are grilled on the same flat top as the meat, which ends up in the tacos. And, I think the fried cheese curds ("Curds of Amazingness") are fried in the same oil as their fish n' chips, because that's all I tasted when I ordered them. So, it's difficult to taste the cheese... and again... it's not very vegetarian friendly.
But, it's a great place to relax with a beer and take in the beautiful scenery.
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